My passion for nutrition stems from my love for food. I loved cooking and creating recipes as a child, and was always fascinated by science subjects at school.
I went on to study for a degree in Nutrition and Food Science at the University of Surrey and – unusually for girls back in the 80s! – started lifting weights at the uni gym. Here, I was able to combine my knowledge about nutrition with my competitive sporting goals and eventually became the British bodybuilding champion in 1991.
After working in the NHS and the Dairy Council, I set up my nutrition consultancy in 1990, specialising in sport and exercise nutrition and food writing. I love spreading the word about nutrition and, over the years, have written more than 20 books and hundreds of articles. I have worked with the British Olympic Association and Swim England, as well as with numerous teams, clubs and individuals in a diverse range of sports, from swimming and bodybuilding to running and cycling.
Although my competitive days are over, I endeavour to stay strong and fit by practising yoga daily, regular strength & conditioning workouts, running, cycling and swimming. I am fortunate to a have two wonderful daughters, who have both competed at national level in swimming, and who are my constant source of inspiration.